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Football: No World Cup for Totti and fellow veterans - Prandelli

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli on Tuesday ruled veterans Francesco Totti, Luca Toni and Antonio Di Natale out of his World Cup squad for Brazil as he backed Giuseppe Rossi and a clutch of emerging younger players. Totti and Toni had notably harboured hopes of travelling to Brazil for what would have been a last World Cup hurrah -- Toni's dreams boosted by his 17-goal tally so far in Serie A this season.

Football: No need for Benitez advice on Benfica

Juventus coach Antonio Conte said he won't be turning to Napoli counterpart Rafael Benitez for useful tips on Portuguese sides ahead of the Bianconeri's upcoming Europa League semi-finals against Benfica. Juventus travel to a Benfica side which is on the verge of securing the Portuguese title for the first leg of their last four tie on April 24. Asked if he would be asking for advice from Benitez, whose side were ousted from the competition's last 16 by FC Porto, Conte told Sky Sport: "I don't think so, given their previous results against Portuguese teams.

Football: Giovinco, Llorente strike as Juve restore eight-point lead

Spanish striker Fernando Llorente scored his third goal in two games as Juventus restored their eight-point lead over Roma at the top of Italy's Serie A with a comfortable 2-0 win away to Udinese on Monday. Roma kept their slim hopes of a first scudetto since 2001 alive with a 3-1 win at home to Atalanta on Saturday which reduced the gap to five points. But any thoughts Antonio Conte's men, beaten 2-0 away at Napoli two weeks ago, would suffer a slip-up at the Friuli Stadium were quashed inside the first half hour of a largely one-sided contest.

Football: Giovinco, Llorente strike as Juve restore eight-point lead

Spanish striker Fernando Llorente scored his third goal in two games as Juventus restored their eight-point lead over Roma at the top of Italy's Serie A with a comfortable 2-0 win away to Udinese on Monday. Roma kept their slim hopes of a first scudetto since 2001 alive with a 3-1 win at home to Atalanta on Saturday which reduced the gap to five points. But any thoughts Antonio Conte's men, beaten 2-0 away at Napoli two weeks ago, would suffer a slip-up at the Friuli Stadium were quashed inside the first half hour of a largely one-sided contest.

Football: Fiorentina, Inter tighten Europa grip, Higuain hits hat-trick

Fiorentina dominated 10-man Verona in an eight-goal thriller while Inter Milan stunned 10-man Sampdoria 4-0 in Genoa as both sides tightened their grip on Serie A's two Europa League places on Sunday. Elsewhere Napoli resisted a fightback from Lazio, who also had a player sent off, to prevail 4-2 thanks to an injury-time goal from Gonzalo Higuain which gave the Argentine striker a hat-trick. In Sunday's late match captain Riccardo Montolivo struck a first-half missile to earn AC Milan a 1-0 win over basement side Catania.

Football: Fiorentina, Inter tighten Europa grip, Higuain hits hat-trick

Fiorentina dominated 10-man Verona in an eight-goal thriller while Inter Milan stunned 10-man Sampdoria 4-0 in Genoa as both sides tightened their grip on Serie A's two Europa League places on Sunday. Elsewhere Napoli resisted a fightback from Lazio, who also had a player sent off, to prevail 4-2 thanks to an injury-time goal from Gonzalo Higuain which gave the Argentine striker a hat-trick. In Sunday's late match captain Riccardo Montolivo struck a first-half missile to earn AC Milan a 1-0 win over basement side Catania.

Football: Bologna stall Parma's Europa League hunt

Rafaele Palladino levelled late for Parma in a 1-1 Serie A draw away to Bologna on Sunday although Roberto Donadoni's side dropped two precious points as they look to cement a Europa League place. Parma began the match level on points with Inter Milan, who sit in fifth place and what would normally be the last spot from which to qualify for the Europa League. But with fourth-placed Fiorentina facing Napoli, who are third, in the Italian Cup final on May 3, this season's sixth-place finisher would be in line to claim the extra spot in Europe's second-tier club competition.

Football: Roma move within five points of Juve in Serie A

Roma kept the suspense bubbling in Serie A on Saturday as they breezed to a 3-1 win over Atalanta and to within just five points of leaders Juventus. First half goals from versatile Brazilian Rodrigo Taddei and Serbia's Adem Ljajic put Rudi Garcia's side in charge at the Olympic Stadium before former Arsenal striker Gervinho sealed the victory with 27 minutes left. The Ivory Coast international picked up his eighth league goal of the season before Giulio Migliaccio pulled back a consolation goal for the away side with 12 minutes left.

Football: Roma move within five points of Juve in Serie A

Roma kept the suspense bubbling in Serie A on Saturday as they breezed to a 3-1 win over Atalanta and to within just five points of leaders Juventus. First half goals from versatile Brazilian Rodrigo Taddei and Serbia's Adem Ljajic put Rudi Garcia's side in charge at the Olympic Stadium before former Arsenal striker Gervinho sealed the victory with 27 minutes left. The Ivory Coast international picked up his eighth league goal of the season before Giulio Migliaccio pulled back a consolation goal for the away side with 12 minutes left.

Football: Roma move within five points of Juve in Serie A

Roma kept the suspense bubbling in Serie A on Saturday as they breezed to a 3-1 win over Atalanta and to within just five points of leaders Juventus. First half goals from versatile Brazilian Rodrigo Taddei and Serbia's Adem Ljajic put Rudi Garcia's side in charge at the Olympic Stadium before former Arsenal striker Gervinho sealed the victory with 27 minutes left. The Ivory Coast international picked up his eighth league goal of the season before Giulio Migliaccio pulled back a consolation goal for the away side with 12 minutes left.
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